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Ethiopian Troops Among Those Entering Mogadishu

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Ethiopian Troops Among Those Entering Mogadishu

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Ethiopian Troops Among Those Entering Mogadishu

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Soldiers of the Transitional Federal Government sit on their truck in Bur Haqaba, 37 miles south of Baidoa, Somalia, Thursday. Guy Calaf/AP/Pool hide caption

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Soldiers of the Transitional Federal Government sit on their truck in Bur Haqaba, 37 miles south of Baidoa, Somalia, Thursday.

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Troops loyal to Somalia's transitional government — along with some forces from Ethiopia — have entered the capital city of Mogadishu, where near-total anarchy rules.

The Islamist fighters of the Islamic Courts Union have fled, leaving their guns in the hands of local militias and warlords who have taken to the streets.

There are reports of robbery and looting — and a number of killings. The leader of the transitional government is meeting with local clan leaders in a town outside the capital, trying to negotiate a deal to turn over the city.

Robert Siegel talks with Abukar Albadri, special correspondent for The Los Angeles Times in Mogadishu. He says that in the capital, people are being killed and robbed by militias, schools are closed, and many are trying to leave the city.

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